Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

'NO’ TO BEER FEST

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is of the view that Oktoberfest, a German beer festival, should never be permitted at all and we have been consistent in our stand.

We launched a nationwide anti-alcohol campaign in 1988 to tackle the problem from different angles. This tireless effort came in the form of numerous letters and memos to the authorities, coaxing them to take action, especially in the form of effective legislation.

ONE MONTH AFTER THE LEMBAH PERMAI LANDSLIDE

The last of the 11 victims was retrieved two days after a landslide buried construction site workers at Lorong Lembah Permai 3 in Tanjong Bungah on 21 October 2017. The majority of the victims were from Bangladesh. Out of that official number of victims, 4 were from Bangladesh, 3 from Myanmar, 2 from Indonesia, and 1 each from Pakistan and Malaysian.

Three other workers — an Indonesian, a Bangladeshi and a Myanmar national – narrowly escaped death and were warded in the Penang Hospital.

Electrocution of Elephant Should Not Be Taken Lightly

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is astounded at the death of yet another wild elephant in Gerik, Perak. The incident occurred on January 3rd when a 40 year old female elephant was electrocuted by a live wire on a construction site.

The herd of elephants come into populated areas foraging for food.  These pachyderms have lost their natural habitats due to  extensive and uncontrolled land clearance leading to increasingly fragmented habitats.  According to an elephant expert,  suitable habitat is lost when roads are built that traverse grasslands and bring automobile traffic.

The China Ban’s Wake-Up Call: Recycling is Not Enough

Leaders from Around the World Demand Less Plastic

January 22, 2018-Recycling professionals, environmentalists, and policy influencers are calling for a significant reduction in the production of plastics, citing China’s recent ban on plastic waste imports from other countries as a “wake-up call” that we can’t recycle our way out of plastic pollution.

4th Industrial Revolution (4IR): doom or boom?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) takes great concern at increasing reports of workers losing their jobs due to the advent of the “4th Industrial Revolution” (4IR), which is touted to replace many skills and functions with automation aided by software.

The laying off of employees, especially senior workforce members who have operated in their respective fields for decades, due to the introduction of automation and technology is an alarming phenomenon that has not been given due recognition.